Tourism is an important economic sector for the countries of the South Caucasus and is a viable entry point for building regional collaboration, cooperation, and stability. It has the potential to improve the livelihoods of rural, urban, and peri-urban communities across multiple economic strata. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism contributed 12.7% of the GDP for the region. However, countries suffered severe impacts from the pandemic with tourism falling by more than 83% by 2021. While a post-COVID recovery is underway, regional geopolitical dynamics have also impacted the tourism sector.
USAID’s South Caucasus Regional Tourism Program aims to promote long-term regional cooperation across the South Caucasus region, based on shared economic interests in the tourism sector that contribute to mutual prosperity, collaboration, and stability in the region. The program seeks to work collaboratively with the private sector, civil society actors in support of tourism development, and tourism development related government ministries and agencies, including ministries of economy and environment, while serving as a model for cross-border engagement among other economic sectors.
The South Caucasus Regional Tourism Program identifies opportunities for product development and innovative marketing, develops regional multi-day itineraries to promote tourism, and facilitates mutual learning to foster best practices in the tourism sector.
As a pivotal member of the South Caucasus Regional Tourism Program team, the Country Manager for Armenia will operate under the direct supervision of the Chief of Party (COP). They will play the important role of spearheading the program's initiatives within Armenia, engaging in weekly Activity Team meetings to ensure cohesive communication, collaborative learning, and strategic adapting (CLA). The Country Manager will be instrumental in forging and nurturing partnerships with local tourism stakeholders, working collaboratively to implement and refine actions aimed at enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the tourism sector. Leveraging their expansive network, the Country Manager will actively promote the program, fostering strong relationships with potential partners, and spearheading the program’s learning and adaptive management efforts. Additionally, they will be responsible for overseeing the monitoring, and management of grant activities, ensuring they align with the program's objectives and deliver impactful results.
The primary work location will be remote in Armenia, with occasional travel within Armenia and to Georgia.
The position will begin early January 2024 – September 2026.
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Eligible applicants are required to complete and submit through email all the below documents to be considered for the position.
To apply, please send application to Micah Sorum, Senior Project Manager at [email protected].